At End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin our mission is to promote social change that transforms societal attitudes, practices and policies to prevent and eliminate domestic abuse and oppression. We are committed to supporting survivors, advocates, staff, individuals and communities to reach their fullest potential, supporting and strengthening their voices at work and in their daily lives.
HOW WE DO IT
We are proud to provide a wide variety of potentially life-saving programs and services to the domestic violence community, including mobilizing and educating Teens to promote healthy relationships in their schools and communities. Teen dating violence (TDV) isn’t talked about very often— but it should be. One-in-three teens has been a part of a violent relationship, and these patterns don’t stop when we grow up. We need to help teens know what a healthy relationship is right when they begin having them.
Teen dating violence (TDV) is a serious issue that can sometimes turn fatal.
In the past year, End Domestic Abuse WI has been focusing on initiatives to combat teen relationship violence. We show teens how to recognize and attain healthy relationships, support policy that protects teens in abusive relationships, assist community leaders’ prevention efforts, and empower teens to be advocates within their own schools and communities.
• 1 in 3 teens has been part of an abusive relationship
• Nearly 1.5 million high school students experience a violent relationship in a single year
• Only 1 in 3 teens will tell someone that they are being abused
• Girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of domestic violence
• Boys, girls and gender-nonconforming youth all experience teen dating violence, as victims and perpetrators
• 81% of teens don’t know if teen dating violence is an issue
At End Domestic Abuse WI, we work to fulfill our commitment towards ending domestic violence in Wisconsin by supporting future generations who hold new, bold values that embrace non-violence and healthy relationships. In the past year, we have formed a statewide Teen Council where teens and adult mentors come together to identify ways they can promote healthy early relationships and challenge abuse in their own communities.
Our best chance of eliminating gender-based violence in the future is to support the leadership of our teens today. They will show us the way.